Brother James B. Stevens was born on March 13, 1959 in Randolph, Vermont, the son of Gordon and Bertha Stevens. He was raised in South Ryegate, Vermont and attended the local grammar schools graduating from Blue Mountain Union High School, Wells River, Vermont, in 1977.
Upon finishing high school, Brother Stevens moved to Montana and attended the Big Game Guide School. He was hired by High Country Outfitters, Victor, Montana. After returning from Montana, Brother Stevens worked for several contractors in the building field. In 1987 he started his present career with the State of Vermont, Agency of Transportation. Brother Stevens has always enjoyed working outside and maintaining the local roads year round.
In 1996 he married his wife, Elaine Flannigan, from Newbury, Vermont, where they presently live in a house they built on her parent’s land. In Brother Stevens’s spare time, he enjoys most anything outside which includes hunting and fly fishing. Both he and Elaine enjoy hiking in the White Mountains when they can find a little free time. Brother Stevens’ biggest passion is being able to ride his motorcycle and touring the many roads in New England with Elaine. They have been on several trips to Maine and will always have a soft spot for Bar Harbor.
Brother Stevens’ Masonic journey started in 1983. Brother James and his brother Stuart both joined Pulaski Lodge in Wells River, Vermont receiving the Master Mason degree on March 5, 1983. Brother Stevens served as Master of Pulaski Lodge in 1989 -1990 and 2010. In 2010, he was nominated as the District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 9 and was appointed by Brother Phillip Morton, Grand Master. In 2013, Brother James was appointed by Brother Roger Crouse, Grand Master and Brother Calvin Keyler, Past Grand Master, to be Grand Lecturer for 2014-2015.
In 2013, Brother Stevens love for Freemasonry and motorcycles came together when the newly chartered Widows’ Sons Vermont Chapter was formed on September 28, 2013. The Widows Sons enjoy riding and spreading the word of Freemasonry. He has taken on the office of Secretary of the Vermont Chapter and has met many Brothers in New England and Canada while touring on a motorcycle.